Before suffering from the casualties of the Great Depression and merged into Vogue in 1936, Vanity Fair was a highly successful society magazine, with 90,000 circulations a day at its peak. It even competed with The New Yorker as the American establishment’s top annals of culture in 1925. A pioneer in the art of celebrity photography, numerous iconic images of prominent figures from business, politics and art societies. Below are 36 stunning portraits of renowned people published by the magazine from the 1920s and the 1930s:
John Barrymore, 1920. Photo by Adolph de Meyer for Vanity Fair via Condé Nast.
Charlie Chaplin, 1921. Photo by Adolph de Meyer for Vanity Fair via Condé Nast.
Tallulah Bankhead, 1923. Photo by Ira L. Hill for Vanity Fair via Condé Nast.
Norma Shearer, 1926. Photo by Charles Sheeler via Condé Nast.
Greta Garbo, 1926. Photo by Arnold Genthe for Vanity Fair via Condé Nast.